Heinrich Hertz: Classical Physicist, Modern Philosopher

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D. Baird, R.I. Hughes, Alfred Nordmann
Springer Science & Business Media, 31‏/01‏/1998 - 324 من الصفحات
The sub-title of this symposium is accurate and, in a curious way, promises more than it states: Classical Physicist, Modem Philosopher. Heinrich Hertz, as the con summate experimentalist of 19th century technique and as brilliant clarifying critic of physical theory of his time, achieved one of the fulfilments but at the same time opened one of the transition points of classical physics. Thus, in his 'popular' lecture 'On the Relations Between Light and Electricity' at Heidelberg in the Fall of 1889, Hertz identified the ether as henceforth the most fundamental problem of physics, as the conceptual mystery but also the key to understanding mass, electric ity, and gravity. Of Hertz's demonstration of electric waves, Helmholtz told the Physical Society of Berlin: "Gentlemen! I have to communicate to you today the most important physical discovery of the century. " Hertz, philosophizing in his direct, lucid, pithy style, once wrote "We have to imagine". Perhaps this is metaphysics on the horizon? In the early pages of his Principles of Mechanics, we read A doubt which makes an impression on our mind cannot be removed by calling it metaphysical: every thoughtful mind as such has needs which scientific men are accustomed to denote as metaphysical. (PM23) And at another place, concerning the terms 'force' and 'electricity' and the alleged mystery of their natures, Hertz wrote: We have an obscure feeling of this and want to have things cleared up.

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Heinrich Hertz and the Berlin School of Physics
From Helmholtzs Philosophy of Science to Hertzs PictureTheory
Origin and Development of the Concept of Image in the Thought of Hermann von Helmholtz and Heinrich Hertz
His Discovery of Radio Waves and His Delineation of their Properties
Two Modes of Experimentation and their Theoretical Underpinnings
From Wire Waves to Air Waves
Experiment and Theory Reconciled?
Hertz and Geometrization of Mechanics
The Reception of Heinrich Hertzs Principles of Mechanics by His Contemporaries
A Model for Werner Heisenbergs April 1925 Paper on the Anomalous Zeeman Effect
Its Elaboration by Hilbert Weyl and Ramsey
Hertzs Philosophy of Nature in Wittgensteins Tractatus
Reflections on Hertz and the Hertzian Dipole
A Bibliography
Concordance and Index of Passages
Index of Names

Hertzs Principles
The Principles of Mechanics and the Limits of Physics

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